I've just uploaded a beta of the second version of our Joomla Template Framework - the Zen Grid Framework. The new version still has some known issues which you can read about on the forum announcement, however much of the core work has been done so we felt it was time to throw the new version over to our members to try out.

I will be writing about the new framework extensively in the next few weeks but until then if you are a member of the Joomlabamboo template club and are feeling adventurous, take a look at the new framework and tell us what you think on the forum.

I am hoping to have the stable version of the Joomla 1.5 version of the framework out in a week or so and then we will start work on the Jooomla 1.7 version. Please stay tuned for more news on the framework.

Club Members can download the beta release of the framework here and a also grab a copy of the beta version of the Hub template.

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Our Joomla 1.7 Templates

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While we gradually make our way through our Joomla template catalogue and create Joomla 1.7 template versions of previous designs, there are a couple of places on the Joomlabamboo network that you can keep aprised of Joomla 1.6 and Joomla 1.7 compatible templates.

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After a little bit of a hiatus from our Joomla 1.7 template release schedule, I am very happy to announce the availability of the Grid2 Joomla 1.7 Template. If you are unfamiliar with Grid2 you can see the template overview or the live demo.

We released Grid2 back in June 2010 as a follow up to the original Grid template and it's been a massively popular template for photographers, artists and pretty much anyone who liked the display of the grid layout on the front page.

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This is just a small update on the progress of the Focus Joomla Template that should be available for you to play with next week sometime. I've been having a bit of fun playing with media queries and for those browsers that can handle media queries - Don't worry I'm not looking at you internet explorer - the template will resize very nicely and rearrange some key elements to make them accessible at all screen resolutions.

I am personally a big fan of the media query route when designing for mobile devices. It might just be me, but I find having to click to a view the full website when I am surfing on my iphone a pain, and depending on the site I might even be tempted to browse away rather than navigate to the full site.

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Our September Joomla template release is shaping up to be a bit of a departure from some our recent offerings. We have been playing with this jQuery full screen slideshow plugin and in a word it is simply beautiful to work with.

The way it is shaping up it is going to be a killer photographer's folio / blog template with some pretty extraordinary features for getting your work out there. The theme will mix some subtle overlay patterns, static and fixed elements and also importantly a very intuitive way to create your fullscreen slideshows to slide and fade on the background of your site.

Be sure to check out the screenshots after the jump.

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The Meridian Joomla template is a subtle and minimal textured template that is a little bit clean, a little bit dirty and very very earthy. It comes with the usual flexibility of the Zen Grid Framework, a smashing k2 Joomla Template and some elegant colour schemes that are perfect for an earthy, eco friendly business website.

Meridian is available as a Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 1.7 template and comes with quickstart packages as well.

Check out Meridian's features and gallery, the template documentation and live preview or if you are already a member go straight to the download page and get your copy. If you are not yet a member you can sign up and get instant access to the template files.

Lapsed members can also take advantage of the jbrenewal2 coupon and receive 10% off the subscription price.

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The Rasa Joomla template was released in September last year and has been a favourite among those who like their Joomla templates simple, cleanm and minimal. If you need a little refresh of what it looked like be sure to check out the live preview, or if you are already a member you can download the template and quickstart now.

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The next Joomla Template on the list to be ported to Joomla 1.6 from our catalogue is the Ecolift template from August last year. Ecolift is a grungy textured template that has been used a lot for businesses that specialise in ecofriendly, clean, natural and green living type of industries.

For a refresher on what Ecolift looks like be sure to check out the demo site or visit the features page to see what it has to offer. Members can download the ecolift template now.

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Yesterday the good folk over at Dioscouri announced the availability of Tienda v0.7.3. If you are on the Tienda bug tracking mailing list you would have thought something was up given the hundreds, nay, thousands of emails that have come through in the last week or so.

The new release has added some nifty new features, fixed a raft of bugs and also incorporated a google +1 button for Tienda products. Thankfully this was a relatively easy update for us so the Shop Ignition, Shopfront and Zen Simple Shop Joomla templates have all been updated with the necessary code for you to take advantage of the new functionality.

For a full run down of the new Tienda features checkout the changelog and while you are there grab yourself a copy of the latest installment. Joomlabamboo club members can download the latest template versions for our three Tienda templates right now.

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One of our more popular Joomla templates from last year was the business template called Powerplay. The Joomla 1.6 version of Powerplay has just been released so if you need a business template for Joomla 1.6 be sure to check this one out. You can see the features available over here or go straight to the demo if you need a little refresher. Club members can download the 1.6 version of Powerplay here.

JB BB Code for Joomla 1.6 released

Also available now is our little hack of the versatile YVBB Code plugin that help you to drop bbcodes pretty much anywhere on your site. We use it to create two line menus and this little hack simply strips that from the breadcrumbs so you don't get funky broken lines in your site's pathway. You can download it for free from here or from any of the Joomla 1.6 template download pages that use the plugin.

Template Versions

This is also just a little reminder that you can keep track of the current release version and Joomla version information for all of our Joomla templates on our knowledgebase site.

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After a short delay the Joomla 1.6 template and quickstart for the News Cycle template are now available. If you missed the announcement last week News Cycle is our latest Joomla and K2 template available for all club members. You can get an overview of the template features or see a live preview of the template.

Also if all goes to plan we should be releasing a few more Joomla 1.6 ports of templates from our back catalogue - so stay tuned to the blog or follow the JB Activity feed to keep up to date with our template releases.

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Our July Joomla Template release, News Cycle is a revisioning of our popular Newstream Joomla template from 2010. Newscycle builds on the clean magazine layout from Newstream and adds some funky ribbons, smooth gradients and bold colour schemes. It comes with a k2 Joomla template, large and elegant slideshow styling and is the ideal accompaniment for your Joomla news portal or magazine site.

You can see a live preview of the template on our showcase, checkout the features and gallery, read the documentation or go straight to the downloads if you are already a member.

Please note that the Joomla 1.6 version of the template and the JB BBCode plugin and CaptifyContent module will be released on Thursday Australian Time.

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